IRB Guidance and Resources

Cornell IRB guidance and policies, and links to external sources to help you plan, obtain, and maintain IRB approval for your project

POSTED 3/20/20: Owing to the heightened risk of COVID-19 transmission, the Provost and Vice Provost for Research have stated that “we must reduce laboratory research and other nonessential research activities.”  Therefore, although the IRB is moving forward with reviewing and approving protocols, amendments, and renewals, these approvals do NOT supersede the Provost’s directive. The decision as to whether you can proceed with any laboratory research activities during the coronavirus-associated reduction in laboratory research will be made by your Dean.

  • No study participants may be brought to campus.
  • Off-campus in-person interaction with study participants is highly discouraged.
  • If you are already in the field, you must also follow any local coronavirus-related restrictions.
  • If feasible, consider modifying your study procedures to use remote interaction such as phone/Zoom/Skype: simply email the IRB office with a description of the modification, and any resulting changes to your consent process and data security plans.

Visit the IRB COVID-19 FAQs page for more details.

Thank you for taking these limitations into consideration, and please contact the IRB if you have any questions.

Looking for guidance and resources? The links and documents below will help you to understand the main processes and guidelines used by the Cornell IRB, as well as external policies, regulations and best practices that might apply to your research using human participants.

Cornell IRB Guidance & Procedures

External Regulations & Guidance

Here is a list of selected laws, regulations and guidelines concerning the conduct of research with human participants:

The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the “Common Rule”)

The Belmont Report

HIPAA Privacy Rule

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 21 CFR Regulations

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

New York State’s Article 24-A: Protection of Human Subjects

New York Civil Rights Law Section 79-l: Confidentiality of records of genetic tests